Categories for Corporate Responsibility

MPI to Sign The Code, a Pledge to Combat Human Trafficking

April 4, 2019

April 4, 2019, will be an important day in MPI’s history, as the organization will become a signatory to “The Code,” an important document—and pledge—by a global network of associations and corporations committed to taking significant actions in the worldwide fight against human trafficking.

MPI’s original commitment to this cause came in 2017, when President and CEO Paul Van Deventer, who will be signing The Code on behalf of MPI, heard Sister Kathleen Bryant, a Religious Sister of Charity from Los Angeles and a board member of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking, address an MPI International Board of Directors meeting.

“I was moved by the plight of these innocent victims—many of them young children—and realized that I had a responsibility and an opportunity to help,” Van Deventer would later write in The Meeting Professional, the monthly magazine of MPI. (The Meeting Professional has featured many articles about the fight against human trafficking since the beginning of 2018.)

MPI soon embraced the cause, becoming involved with the U.S. affiliate of ECPAT (End Child Prostitution and Trafficking), a network of organizations in more than 90 countries with one common mission: to eliminate the sexual exploitation of children.

ECPAT-USA has been around since 1991 and has been enlisting hotels, airlines and other fundamental components of the travel industry into the fight. The reason for this is that most of the human trafficking involves moving women and children around the globe, often to be used as sex slaves, with “customers” being accommodated inside hotel rooms.

Recently, ECPAT-USA hit upon the idea of recruiting professional groups within the meeting industry to join in the worldwide movement to fight human trafficking. It was something of a match made in heaven when MPI and ECPAT-USA came together.

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ACI World Publishes New Handbook For Airports In Combatting Human Trafficking

March 21, 2019

Airports Council International (ACI) World has today published the first edition of its ACI Combatting Human Trafficking Handbook, a free resource providing real-life examples of the work that airports are doing to help in the fight against human trafficking.

Airports around the world are determined to assist authorities by reporting suspected human trafficking cases and making it as difficult as possible for the global air transport network to be exploited for this trade. This handbook draws on the experience of airports that have already acted in this area and provides guidance to airports on the options that may be available to them.

The handbook includes materials and advice to assist airports – irrespective of their size or location – to help them play a significant role in combatting human trafficking by promoting a comprehensive approach that involves coordination with airlines and law enforcement agencies, such as border-protection and customs agents.

“The safety and security of passengers remains all airports’ number one priority and the airport community is determined to work with border authorities and our partners across the world to help put a stop to the appalling crime of human trafficking,” said ACI World Director General Angela Gittens. “Many of our airport members are already demonstrating their commitment to this effort and this handbook provides useful information and advice to strengthen our combined efforts in awareness, training, and reporting.”

Airport members of both the ACI World Security and the Facilitation and Services Standing Committees contributed to this publication.

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